Tuesday, February 23, 2021

THE Druids, the popular Kildare folk band, will be live-streaming a concert from the Moat Theatre in Naas on Tuesday 16 March in a celebration of Irish song and heritage for St Patrick’s Day.

We can’t wait to get back to our favourite venue,” said Mick O’Brien, the band’s frontman.

It will be strange to play with no physical audience, but these are the times we find ourselves in. We’re focusing on the positives and rather than think about there being no audience in front of us, we’re excited at the possibility that thanks to technology, potentially thousands of people from all over the world can join us on the night.”

Covid-19 brought live music to a devastating halt last year. There have been no physical gigs allowed and the band, along with The Moat Theatre, have had to come up with a new way to keep the music alive. The landscape for live performance has changed and virtual concerts have become the new normal.

It’s great to have the opportunity to play to as many fans as possible all around the world,” said Gary Lawlor, vocalist and guitarist with the band. “Covid has been devastating for musicians and everyone associated with live performance. So we have to adapt and embrace what we know now as the new normal. It’s not what we’re used to but until it’s safe to have proper physical gigs, we’ll make the most of it.”

The concert will be streamed live from the Moat Theatre, a venue the band have previously sold out on a regular basis.  Conscious of the need to change their set up to allow for live performance again, the Moat Theatre has recently installed state of the art video and audio equipment for live stream shows. It is a sign of the times but also a sign of a commitment to the arts from the theatre management.

Having formed nearly 12 years ago, The Druids have become an intrinsic part of the Irish folk scene. Winners of the Best Live Act at the 2017 Irish Folk Awards, regular tours throughout Europe and the United States and an ever-growing but extremely loyal fan base, the band continue to go from strength to strength.

2020 signalled a new era for The Druids. With the addition of Gary O’Brien and Denis Moran, along with the old guard of Zak Moran, Gary Lawlor and Mick O’Brien, the band has developed a new look and a new sound.

Although Covid-19 has been a massive blow to the live music scene worldwide, the band have worked tirelessly behind the scenes, together when it was safe to do so but separately when guidelines dictated, and are now more than ready to bring their new show to music fans around the world.

Tickets for the live stream concert are on sale now on the Moat Theatre website www.moattheatre.com


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